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Ask Your Institution's Support for Puerto Rico

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[UPDATED JANUARY 14, 2020 AT 7:22PM PT]

If you work at an academic or educational institution outside of Puerto Rico, there are a number of ways in which you can help. In addition to considering donating, or volunteering your expertise or science communication skills, you can also advocate to your university to 1) support relief efforts in Puerto Rico or 2) make accommodations for students and trainees applying to educational or research programs. We recommend you send the message below to Deans of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate School, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, etc. 

Money and Materials Donations

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[UPDATED JANUARY 23, 2020, 12:02PM PT]

We recommend supporting Puerto Rico-based organizations that have the resources, trust, and know-how to work with local communities. This is a list of vetted organizations who are providing earthquake support and relief in Puerto Rico. 

MONEY DONATIONS

The following organizations are collecting money donations to help affected families and communities:

Sharing CienciaPR's achievements for 2017 and 2018

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CienciaPR’s compass has always been to promote the advancement of Puerto Rico through science. Although 2017 and 2018 were full of challenges, they also presented examples of strength and resilience that reinforced our commitment to empower and serve. As testimony of all we can achieve when we place science at the service of Puerto Rico, we are proud to share CienciaPR's biennial report.

Open call for girls interested in being Science and Technology ambassadors in Puerto Rico

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Deadline extended to Friday, May 24, 2019. 

Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) and Johnson & Johnson, invite 9th to 11th grade girls who are interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering to apply to "Seeds of Success – STEM Girl Ambassadors Program"(http://bit.ly/semillas-triunfo). 

UPR Mayaguez students will participate for the first time in SAE Aero Design competition

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After a long career in the skills of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the RUM Air Design team of the Mayagüez University Campus (RUM) will participate, for the first time, in the Advanced Class category, whose challenge is to simulate a space mission.

Read the full story in the Spanish version

Ask your scientific and professional organization to support an independent stand-alone Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics

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Dear members of the CienciaPR community and friends of Puerto Rico,

We would like to bring your attention to an urgent policy matter that is of deep concern to CienciaPR, and that is of relevance to many of you—scientists, students, educators, and allies—who with us celebrate and advocate for Puerto Rican science and the Puerto Rican scientific community.

Hurricane Maria - Public Health and Prevention

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More than a month since Maria hit Puerto Rico, there is still a lot of standing water and a large number of households with little or no access to potable water, which increases the possibility of diseases such as leptospirosis, gastroenteritis, dengue, zika and chikungunya. However, many of these diseases are preventable if citizens take the right precautions.

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